Oh dear, just been through a mega-awkward training session with my wider team. We thought it would be a good idea to get someone external in if enough people wanted time management training, and that was arranged. It was clearly not going to go well from the moment the bloke started. For a start his English wasn’t really up to the job and he couldn’t explain himself clearly (and had very odd cadence that made it seem constantly like he was expecting you to finish his sentence and made him quite difficult to listen to for a long period) and was rather repetitive. He seemed to treat it more as a project management than a time thing, and wasn’t even about the kind of project we do so we tried to steer him towards ‘soft skills’ stuff about managing daily workload, which was what we were actually after. There were also several opportunities where he could have asked us what we thought something meant, or how we could deal with something, when he just basically read a slide about it. After lunch he knew he’d lost us so he just dashed through his slides, with a few people trying not to have giggling fits at the awkwardness, and finished 2.5 hours earlier than planned. Soooo… we had a bit of a debrief – none of us blamed the poor bloke, who seemed to have been put on the job at the last minute and not briefed properly (and they didn’t appear to have responded to a ‘wish list’ of content we’d sent them), it’s totally the training company’s fault. Girl who organised it is going to be asking for, in the very least, some sort of compensation and possibly our money back. There were a couple of worthwhile points to be taken from it, but nothing that’s likely to stick given the poor delivery. What’s your worst training experience?